On Living with Purpose: Living Beneath Your Potential



Don’t die with your music still inside you.

~ Wayne Dyer

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

~ Bruce Lee

The following is a parable taught by Dieter F. Uchdorf to illustrate the principle I feel to focus on today.

“There once was a man whose lifelong dream was to board a cruise ship and sail the Mediterranean Sea. He dreamed of walking the streets of Rome, Athens, and Istanbul. He saved every penny until he had enough for his passage. Since money was tight, he brought an extra suitcase filled with cans of beans, boxes of crackers, and bags of powdered lemonade, and that is what he lived on every day.

He would have loved to take part in the many activities offered on the ship—working out in the gym, playing miniature golf, and swimming in the pool. He envied those who went to movies, shows, and cultural presentations. And, oh, how he yearned for only a taste of the amazing food he saw on the ship—every meal appeared to be a feast! But the man wanted to spend so very little money that he didn’t participate in any of these. He was able to see the cities he had longed to visit, but for the most part of the journey, he stayed in his cabin and ate only his humble food.

On the last day of the cruise, a crew member asked him which of the farewell parties he would be attending. It was then that the man learned that not only the farewell party but almost everything on board the cruise ship—the food, the entertainment, all the activities—had been included in the price of his ticket. Too late the man realized that he had been living far beneath his privileges.”

I believe that many of us live beneath our potential.  We often hold ourselves back from achieving our own greatness because of some perception of limitations placed on us.  I have done this as well in my life, but have worked to break through this mental block and explore my potential.   For those who know me personally, you’ll remember the solo piano concert I performed in downtown Salt Lake City this past August.  This concert had multiple purposes, but one of them was to push myself through a mental limitation I had placed on myself for many years related to my music.  It was exhilarating to experience moving from that plateau to a knew realm of possibility in my life.   (If you’re interested in hearing some of the music I played, check out the home page of my blog.  You can listen, share and download for free.)

Many limitations are placed by our fears or by allowing others to influence how we feel.  Letting others dictate how you feel about yourself or your potential is a choice.

Don’t choose to be acted upon by others.

Choose to act.  Choose to become.  Choose to add your music to the symphony of life.

Choose greatness.



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